[Homestead] School victims, Putin response

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sat Sep 4 15:40:58 EDT 2004

There are only two ways to really stop guerrillas, the Genghis Khan and 
Stalin quick way or for the desperate a thirty-year properly funded 
program of education coupled with a thirty-year properly funded program 
of bringing them as employees and entrepreneurs into the greater 
economy.  People making a good living don't deviate from it to become 

Will these programs be installed--in a handful of small bootstraps 
nations yes, in all others, hell no.  There is no political will to do 
it in the U.S..  In the past I can only remember it being done by Chiang 
Kai Shek in Taiwan.

I doubt Putin has the will to follow the Stalin route in wiping out the 
civilian populace of Chechnya which provides cover, weapons and money to 
guerrillas, and I he isn't going to be in power long enough to go the 
bootstrap education and poor moneymaking routine in Russia, much less in 
any dissident province.


Sep 4, 2004

    Putin Promises Tougher Response to Terrorism, Admitting Past Weakness

The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a tougher 
response to terrorism Saturday, saying in a surprising admission of 
weakness that the Soviet Union's collapse had left the country unable to 
react to attacks and warning, "Weak people are beaten."

The former KGB spy said in a televised address to the nation that 
terrorists are waging an "all-out war" against Russia.

Earlier, Putin sealed off the borders of North Ossetia, the republic 
where more than 300 people were killed in a hostage-taking at a school 
that turned violent Friday. The hostage-taking was carried out by 
militants seeking independence for the war-torn republic of Chechnya.

Putin blamed police corruption and porous borders for the failure to 
stop attacks and called for mobilizing the nation before what he called 
the "common danger" of terrorism.

"In general, we need to admit that we did not show an understanding of 
the complexities and dangers of the processes occurring in our own 
country and in the world," he said in a grim televised address to the 

He said that since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the nation was 
weakened and unable to respond effectively to terrorism.

"In any case, we couldn't adequately react ... We showed weakness, and 
weak people are beaten," he said.

He noted in particular that Russia's borders had become porous and 
"unprotected from either West or East," and that corruption had pervaded 
the law enforcement agencies.

Putin promised to strengthen Russia's territorial integrity, create a 
more effective crisis management system, and overhaul the law 
enforcement organs. He said reforms would be in accordance with the 
nation's constitution.

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